Halloween is just around the corner and with the festivities getting underway, you may be wondering what all the sweets coupled with a potentially later bedtime will do to your child’s sleep routine.
Halloween doesn’t have to have a negative effect on your child’s sleep, or even your own, as with a little preparation and planning ahead, you can all sleep soundly having enjoyed the celebrations.
What’s more, with Halloween falling on a weekday this year, you’ll probably want to stick to your normal routine as much as possible, which may mean making a few adjustments to when you go out trick-or-treating or even how you get your children ready for bed. With a few tips from us here at Mattressman, your Halloween routine will remain fun-filled and stress-free!
Make a schedule
Most importantly, you’ll want to make a plan of action for the evening, based on what activities you’ll be doing; this will very much depend on the age of your children. If you are going trick-or-treating then consider the time that you leave, giving you enough time to get home to allow for your bedtime routine not to be affected.
If your children are still very young but you want to join in the fun, have a look at researching for activities that are taking place in your area during the day that aren’t likely to spoil your baby’s sleep pattern.
Limit the sugar
Depending on the age of your child and the activities you have planned, consider how much sugar they’re consuming and be sure to avoid sweets when it gets close to bedtime. You could offer your child a small amount of sweets on Halloween and save any remaining to enjoy across the following days.
Limiting the amount of sweets your child eats around bedtime – particularly at this time of year – is a great way to ensure there are no unnecessary late nights.
Don’t forget the afternoon nap
Avoid evening meltdowns by ensuring your child still has their afternoon nap. There may be plenty of things going on but sticking to your regular nap schedule can be the difference between a great night’s sleep and a not-so-great one. Again, it all comes down to your plan of action, and making your daily schedule foolproof will mean that both your child and your own sleep shouldn’t suffer.
Relax and don’t stress!
Keep in mind that it’s just one night. If you don’t get around to doing much at all this Halloween then that’s fine, but either way, don’t stress. Your sleep is more important and you needn’t ruin your regular routine if you plan ahead.
Whatever you have planned this Halloween, we hope it’s a good one and that your Halloween routine remains fun-filled and stress-free! Have you planned your Halloween sleep routine? Let us know in the comments below.